www.SickofLawsuits.org’s National Education Campaign Reveals Americans’ Concerns about Personal Injury Lawsuit Advertising
September 19, 2005 – Washington D.C. – Seventy-nine percent of Americans believe advertising by personal injury lawyers encourages people to sue even if they have not been injured, according to a recent survey released by www.SickofLawsuits.org. The survey finding will be featured in an advertisement today in Roll Call. The ad is one of four advertisements running in Roll Call as part of the group’s public education campaign leading up to Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week (October 3-7).
“On any given day, you will see an abundance of personal injury lawyer advertisements targeting every aspect of our healthcare system,” said Sick of Lawsuits spokesperson Dr. Evelyn Tobias-Merrill. “These advertisements encourage people to sue even if they haven’t been injured, clogging our legal system and denying truly injured people a timely day in court.”
The campaign will run half-page print advertisements, including the one today, to raise legislators’ awareness about Americans’ concerns over the need for legal reform. www.SickofLawsuits.org also is planning a national television advertising buy for the fall to encourage citizens to help stop lawsuit abuse and protect America’s healthcare system.
“We urge the Federal Trade Commission to enforce stricter guidelines on irresponsible personal injury lawyer advertising,” said Dr. Tobias-Merrill. “And we want to let our representatives in Washington know that legal reform continues to be a major issue for all of us.”
The national survey of 800 likely voters was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of www.SickofLawsuits.org during August 16-18, 2005. The margin of error is + 3.5%.
www.SickofLawsuits.org is a nonpartisan, grassroots campaign of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, representing more than 165,000 supporters across the country including doctors, healthcare professionals, small business owners, attorneys and other individuals from all walks of life. Persons interested in more information or becoming active on lawsuit abuse and healthcare issues can visit www.SickofLawsuits.org.
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